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Port of Toledo gets some last minute ‘grief’ over them awarding the bid for their new 600 ton boat lift

A 600 ton boat lift similar to this has been ordered by Port of Toledo.  But the bid award is being challenged.

A 600 ton boat lift similar to this has been ordered by Port of Toledo. But the bid award is being challenged by a Canadian company.

For months the Port of Toledo has been looking forward to buying a huge 600 ton boat lift to attract more fishing and other sea-going craft to the Port of Toledo Boatyard. When fully operational, the two million dollar lift will enable Toledo to service and modify 98% of the American and Alaskan fishing fleets. It will be, in the eyes of many, one of the biggest family wage job creators on the Oregon Coast.

However, when the Port announced that Ascom (an Italian company) had gotten the bid, a Canadian based company that had also bid on the job, Kendrick/Marine Travel Lift, filed a protest.

Port Manager Bud Shoemake told News Lincoln County that protests are common when awarding high dollar projects, but in this case he said the bid award by the Port of Toledo was legal and very above board. He said although they have to appear in Circuit Court in Newport, he says they’re confident the protest will be denied.

And once it’s denied, the Port says the lift will be ordered and they expect it will arrive in Toledo, with great fanfare by next June.

Here’s the complete rundown on the protest on the story from Port Manager Bud Shoemake.

Update on Port of Toledo’s Purchase of Mobile Marine Lift

On June 19, 2015 the Port of Toledo requested proposals to provide a Mobile Marine Boat Lift for use at the Port of Toledo Boatyard on its recently constructed haul-out pier. As stated in the RFP the Port’s intent is to purchase the largest capacity lift that its pier will safely support.

The RFP was emailed directly to the four manufacturers known by the Port, as well as published in the Newport News Times and posted on the Port’s website. The Port received letters from Marine Travelift and Kendrick Equipment in protest of the RFP document. The Port attorney responded to the protest and Addendum 1 was issued on June 29, 2015, and Addendum 2 was issued July 6, 2015. The two addendums were emailed directly to the four manufacturers, and posted on the Port’s website. All four manufacturers submitted proposals to the Port prior to the RFP deadline. The proposals received are as listed:

Ascom 460 Metric $1,697,500
Ascom 600 Metric $1,985,000
Eden 560 Metric Diesel/Hyd $2,138,000
Eden–Optional 560 Metric Diesel/Elect $2,153,000
Cimolai Tech 560 Metric $2,330,000
Kendrick/Marine Travelift 500 Metric $2,480,451

The proposals were reviewed by Hod Wells, P.E., BergerABAM and Paul S. Monical, P.E.
Senior Naval Architect, Hockema & Whalen Associates, Inc. to verify the proposed machines will meet the technical specifications listed in the RFP. All machines met the specifications.

On July 21, 2015 the Proposal Review Committee met at the Port Office to review and score the proposals. The committee consisted of Bud Shoemake (Port Manager), Ben Victorine (Boatyard Staff), Mike Kriz (Port Commissioner), Reino Randall (Independent Marine Vendor), Debbie Scacco (Port Staff), and Ryan Bevins (Boatyard staff) by phone. The proposals were scored based on the information provided in the proposal, as set forth in the RFP. A copy of the completed score sheet is attached for your information.

A Notice of intent to award was released on July 24, 2015 stating the Port intent to award to ASCOM S.P.A. for a 600 ton Mobile Marine Lift. As provided in the Request for Proposal and the Port of Toledo’s contracting rules, a proposer may protest the Notice of Intent to Award by submitting a written protest to the Port Manager within seven calendar days after the date of the notice.

On July 30 the Port received a written request for public records from Kendrick Equipment requesting copies of all of the proposals.

On July 31, 2015 the Port received a written protest from Kendrick Equipment.
The Port provided Kendrick electronic access to all of the proposals on July 31, 2015 – posted on a secure page of the Port’s website.

On August 4, 2015 the Port received a copy of the petition for judicial review of agency action filed by Kendrick Equipment with the Lincoln County Circuit Court naming the Port, Eden Technology; Cimolai Technology S.P.A.; and Ascom S.P.A as Respondents.

On August 5, 2015 the Port received a Summons to appear which included Eden Technology; Cimolai Technology S.P.A.; and Ascom S.P.A as Respondents.

At a special meeting of the Port Commission on August 6, two decisions were made: first, the Commission authorized the Port Attorney to deny the protest and send a written response to Kendrick Equipment, and second the Commission authorized the Port Manager to begin contract negotiations with ASCOM for the 600 ton mobile marine lift.

 

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